25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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The Hilliard Arts Council is proud to announce our 2018 fall musical – 

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

About six awkward spelling champions learn that winning (and losing) isn’t everything.

Audition Dates:
  • September 22 – 10 am to noon
  • September 23 – 2 pm to 4 pm
Audition Location:
Audition Notes:
“25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!” with the HAC is a non-paid, community theatre opportunity. Everyone and anyone in the Central Ohio area, entering 9th grade and older, are invited to audition.
At this time there is no need for an appointment.
We request that you bring a photo with your name on it. It does not have to be formal or fancy. If you’ve never done a show with us before, it will help us remember who you are.
Those auditioning should be prepared to:
-Sing a portion (16 bars) of a prepared song that shows your vocal range (it’s ok if it comes from the show). A pianist will be available.
-Participate in a cold reading from the script (for those wishing a speaking role)
-Participate in a dance audition
If you have questions, please email us at  hilliardartscouncil@gmail.com. Please put “HAC – Spelling Bee ” in the subject line.
 **Please note that by auditioning, you are obligating yourself to a considerable rehearsal and performance process.
Be certain that you are willing and able to make this commitment. After the auditions, all who audition are contacted via email regarding casting decisions. An announcement is made at auditions, to let auditionees know when they should expect to hear from the production team.
Callbacks will be scheduled if/as necessary. Not being called back does not mean that you are not in the show. Likewise, being called back does not guarantee participation.
A cast list is posted on the HAC website once it is final and all roles are filled.
Casting decisions are ultimately made by the Director, Music Director and Choreographer and are final. HAC reserves the right to recast a part if a performer behaves in a manner that is deemed detrimental to the production.
Rehearsals are generally held M-Th 7-9 pm, Sat. 9-11 am and Sun. 2-4 pm
 Performance dates:
November 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18, 2018
Ticket purchase information will be available soon
Rehearsals start:
Wednesday, September 26th at 7pm
Character Breakdown:
Chip Tolentino – An athletic, social, boy scout and champion of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, he returns to defend his title, but he finds puberty hitting at an inopportune moment. C4 – B5
Logainne Schwartzandgrunenierre (Schwartzy) – Logainne is the youngest and most politically aware speller, often making comments about current political figures. She is driven by internal and external pressure, but above all by a desire to win to make her two fathers proud. She is somewhat of a neat freak, speaks with a lisp, and will be back next year. A3 – F5
Leaf Coneybear – The second runner-up in his district, Leaf gets into the competition on a lark and finds everything about the bee incredibly amusing. He is home-schooled and comes from a large family of former hippies. He has severe Attention Deficit Disorder and spells words correctly while in a trance. A3 – A5
William Barfee – A Putnam County Spelling Bee finalist last year, he was eliminated because of an allergic reaction to peanuts and is back for vindication. His famous “Magic Foot” method of spelling has boosted him to spelling glory, even though he only has one working nostril and a touchy, bullying personality. He develops a crush on Olive. E4 – B5
Marcy Park – A recent transfer from Virginia, Marcy placed ninth in last year’s nationals. She speaks six languages, is a member of all American hockey, a championship rugby player, plays Chopin and Mozart on multiple instruments, sleeps only three hours a night, hides in the bathroom cabinet, and is getting very tired of always winning. She is the poster child for the Over-Achieving Asian, and
attends a Catholic school called “Our Lady of Intermittent Sorrows.” She is also not allowed to cry. C4 – E5
Olive Ostrovsky – A young newcomer to competitive spelling. Her mother is in an ashram in India, and her father is working late, as usual, but he is trying to come sometime during the bee. Having found comfort in its words and vastness, Olive
made friends with her dictionary at a very young age, helping her to make it to the competition. She starts enormously shy, and shyly blossoms. B3 – F5
Rona Lisa Peretti – The number-one realtor in Putnam County, a former Putnam
County Spelling Bee Champion herself, and the returning moderator. She is a sweet woman who loves children, but she can be very stern when it comes to dealing with Vice Principal Panch and his feelings for her. Her interest in the competition is unflagging and drives it forward. B3 – F5
Douglas Panch – The Vice Principal. Frustrated with his life, he finds the drive of the young spellers alien to him. After five years’ absence from the Bee, Panch returns as judge. There was an “incident” at the Twentieth Annual Bee, but he claims to be in “a better place” now, thanks to a high-fiber diet and Jungian analysis. He is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti, but she does not return his
Mitch Mahoney – The Official Comfort Counselor. An ex-convict, Mitch is performing his community service with the Bee, and hands out juice boxes to losing students. He has no idea how to offer comfort but does find himself wishing he could find a way to make the kids feel better. E4 – A5
Carl – Dad Schwarzy’s main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by the actor playing Leaf. G3 – D5
Dan – Dad the more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch. G3 – D5
Jesus Christ – Deity invoked by a speller in need. Normally played by the actor playing Chip.
Leaf’s Mom, Dad, And Siblings – All more academically gifted than Leaf, they are even more surprised than he is by his success. Normally played by the spellers and audience volunteers as indicated in the script.
Olive’s Dad – A fantasy version of Olive’s dad coming to the bee from work. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch. E4 – B5
Olive’s Mom – A fantasy version of Olive’s mom at her Ashram in India. Normally played by the actor playing Rona. D4 – E5

Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center
5425 Center St, Hilliard, OH 43026

Questions? hilliardartscouncil@gmail.com